Areas of interest:entomology, history of science, museum studies, utopian studies, social history, public history
NEW HARMONY, IN (May 26, 2010) - Historic New Harmony will host a lecture and children’s camp June 18 in conjunction with its 2010 exhibition, The Art of Science: Exploring and Documenting the Natural World. Purdue University Professor of Entomology Arwin Provonsha brings his passions for insects, illustration and naturalist Thomas Say to his Bug Camp for kids and Fireflies lecture.
Bug Camp students, ages 8-12, will have fun exploring Indiana’s common insects, including the wildly popular lightening bug. The one-day camp will be conducted in the1775 double log cabin near the Wabash River, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Friday, June 18. The $25 cost per student includes materials, presentations, a snack, drink and souvenir. Parents and other adults are welcome to accompany their students.
Historic New Harmony follows Bug Camp with Provonsha’s enlightening Fireflies lecture at 7 p.m. June 18 at Thrall’s Opera House in New Harmony. One of the world's foremost scientific illustrators of insects, Provonsha will address his work as Curator of the Purdue Entomological Research Collection, and speak about his interest in establishing the Thomas Say firefly as Indiana’s official state insect.
For more information or to reserve your child’s place at Bug Camp, please contact Jan Kahle, education coordinator for Historic New Harmony at 812-682-4488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition, The Art of Science: Exploring and Documenting the Natural World, which features original art, 19th-century scientific equipment, rare books and insect specimens, will be open to the public for one hour, 6-7 p.m., before the lecture begins. Located at Brewery and Tavern streets, it is a new addition to the Historic New Harmony walking tour. The exhibit, lectures and nature walks are free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation.
Historic New Harmony is a unified program of University of Southern Indiana and the State Museum and Historic Sites.
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